At a Glance
From the outside, my broad experiences might seem a little scattered - education, fieldwork, ethnomusicology, archives, data analysis, evaluation. It looks a little different to me, of course! All of these things are getting at helping learners (in the broadest sense) have access to relevant, diverse cultural information, and that they can use it to make meaningful connections with others to help everyone learn from each other, enrich their lives, and get a bit closer to our potential. In my braver moments, I may dare to say all of this is in a true ethnomusicological vein, bringing together multiple disciplines and integrating them to try to make sense of an amazing, complex, and entangled world.
I'm a graduate of the ethnomusicology master’s degree program at University of Maryland (2010). After teaching music for several years, I serendipitously discovered ethnomusicology (which is perhaps the best way). I've been studying Georgian traditional vocal music, culture and history since 2005 with internships and contract positions at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and at the Ralph Rinzler Archives at the Smithsonian Institution. I'm intensely interested in musical and cultural education (informal and formal) and practical applications/implications of ethnomusicology in the lives of individuals and communities.
During my graduate studies and immediately afterward (2008-2012), I served as project manager and music cataloger for the International Piano Archives at Maryland. I'm currently an independent research and technology consultant as I look for the right fit for my experience and interests. In the meantime, I've been fortunate enough to work with all kinds of great people on various art integration and evaluation projects.